Analysis: New Miss. laws affect everyday life

People in Mississippi will be able to buy stronger beer and get quicker access to marriage licenses. Residents might have to show a photo ID before voting. Students will pay more to earn a university degree.

These are just some of ways everyday life will be affected by decisions Mississippi legislators made during the 2012 session. For example:

— Senate Bill 2878, which becomes law July 1, allows the sale of beer with alcohol content of up to 8 percent by weight, above the current 5 percent limit. A group called Raise Your Pints lobbied for the change for three years, saying thousands of Mississippians have been driving to surrounding states to buy craft beers that aren’t available here.

AP
5/14/12